Arts Seen – week of April 10 2014

MoMo Dance Theatre’s Fly With Us Gender Failure and more

For the past year a group of 14 performers of mixed abilities have been meeting and rehearsing along with special guests from the arts community to create a new show. The result is Fly With Us which choreographer and artistic director Mike Ikeda describes as “unapologetically inspirational.” Presented by MoMo Dance Theatre ( momodancetheatre.org ) the show is a collection of six pieces created around the theme of identity and self-versus-group dynamics and features performers from across the ability spectrum. One of the pieces — inspired by a meeting at one of the “Calgary-famous” We Should Know Each Other events — is titled “The Most Dangerous Dance Piece of 2014.” Ikeda says the danger involves tying himself to a safety harness and rope which will be attached to another performer’s power wheelchair which will then drag him around as part of the performance. Fly With Us runs April 11 and 12 at Vertigo Studio Theatre.

Trans artists Rae Spoon and Ivan E Coyote will launch a new book titled Gender Failure (Arsenal Pulp Press) and present their acclaimed multimedia show of the same name on Friday April 11 at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Church of Calgary. The book includes a collection of autobiographical essays lyrics and images that reveal their personal journeys as they navigated their way from attempts to fit into the “gender binary” to eventual self-acceptance.

Glenbow will continue the conversation about the local arts scene during the ’90s on Thursday April 10 with a panel discussion including guests Yves Trépanier Diana Sherlock Walter May and Mireille Perron with exhibition curator Nancy Tousley and Glenbow’s Melanie Kjorlien. The panel will be followed by a projection performance by Noel Begin who first gained attention for his multimedia work at the legendary Night Gallery music venue in the 1990s. The event is one of a series of artist talks being held in conjunction with the exhibition Made in Calgary: The 1990s . That same night Glenbow is hosting a behind-the-scenes tour showcasing the leather in Glenbow’s collections — this one is in keeping with the spirit of another exhibition Worn to be Wild . Tickets are required and space is limited so book ahead ( glenbow.org ). If that’s all too rushed you can sleep in and then amble down on Saturday April 12 for a guided tour as part of Slow Art Day a global celebration that encourages you to take your time to take it all in which will hopefully help you to experience art in a new way . But don’t wait too long to register ( slowartday.com/participate ).

This is My City Festival is underway in Calgary with art exhibitions films talks guided walks and more at various downtown venues ( thisismycitycalgary.ca ). The festival involves individuals and agencies who work with people who are homeless or at risk of being homeless as well as members of the broader community to facilitate inclusive dialogue and build bridges using art. This year many of the events are related to the 2013 flood.